By Stewart T Skeate
A Nature consultant To Northwest North Carolina via Stewart Skeate (Professor of Biology at Lees-McRae collage in Banner Elk, North Carolina) is an in-depth, 215-page, profusely illustrated reference and advisor to the natural world to be present in the usual components of the northwestern counties of North Carolina, and a well-written collective mapping of the landmarks to be discovered. Introducing the reader to an expertly educated and soundly informative textual content, A Nature consultant To Northwest North Carolina offers a descriptive precis of Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah nationwide wooded area, Roan Mountain, Linville Gorge wasteland sector, the Blue Ridge throughway, Mount Jefferson country Park, the hot River, and plenty of extra attention-grabbing locations. along with 260 colour plates for animal and plant identity, particular destinations highlighted with descriptive info of habitats, trails, instructions, and an actual textual content for every place concentrating on the various habitats of the zone, a Nature consultant To Northwest North Carolina is particularly hugely advised to all campers, viewers, or naturalists vacationing the northwestern landscapes of North Carolina.
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Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) with its distinctive three leaflets produces a hairy, woody vine that grows up a tree trunk, although it often may grow herb-like on the forest floor. Poison Ivy is more common at lower elevations and in disturbed areas. This forest extends from low to middle elevations and from dry ridge (see below) to sheltered coves. A nice of example of this forest is on the Moses Cone Estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The miles of carriage trails wind through a beautiful Mixed Oak Forest.
21 STEWART SKEATE Trees Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis) with its distinctive yellowish papery bark is a common member of this community, especially above 3,000 feet. Along shaded streams it is often the dominant tree and is usually the last deciduous tree found at elevations over 5,000 feet. This tree with its wintergreen scented twigs may attain great size and girth. An old, gnarly Yellow Birch is an impressive sight. Yellow Birch can be found as low as 2,000 feet along creeks such as Lost Cove Creek in the Pisgah National Forest, but conditions need to be cool and wet for them to appear at these lower elevations.
Yellow Birch is usually abundant in riparian forests, especially at mid to high elevations. Eastern Hemlock also thrives in this environment and impressive specimens may be found along the Linville River in the Linville Gorge. Also the ubiquitous Rosebay Rhododendron thrives in these shady, cool locations, forming dense thickets along the riverbanks. 32 A NATURE GUIDE TO NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA Several species of trees and shrubs seem to be limited to these riparian habitats. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) are easily recognized by their habit of shedding their outer bark, revealing the gray-white underbark.